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Little did I know as I was writing this that March 18 is National Sloppy Joe Day! One of our favorite quick, easy weeknight dinners is a paleo, low-carb version of the classic Sloppy Joe. It comes together quickly, and the kids love it! My version omits the sugar and ketchup, using tomato paste, apple cider vinegar and a few drops of stevia (optional). For a paleo but slightly higher carbohydrate option, coconut sugar or maple syrup can be used. The batch can easily be doubled and reheated.
Paleo Sloppy Joes
Ingredients 1.5 pounds ground beef — grass-fed/grass-finished is ideal, 85% lean 15% fat recommended ¼ cup chopped yellow or white onion (If short on time, sometimes I will substitute 2 Tablespoons organic dried minced onion.) ¼ cup diced red or green pepper 1 to 2 Tablespoons chili powder blend 2 to 3 Tablespoons tomato paste. I use Kirkland organic. (Alternately, ¼ to ½ cup tomato puree can be used) 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon mustard Salt and pepper to taste. Smoked salt can be used if desired. Optional — A few drops stevia, or a tablespoon of your preferred sweetener Directions
- In a large frying pan, brown ground beef until just beginning to brown. Add onion, red pepper, salt and chili powder. Mix thoroughly and cook until done and veggies are tender.
- Add tomato paste, vinegar, mustard, and optional sweetener to the browned ground beef. Stir thoroughly together and simmer for a few minutes for the flavors to release. If a little dry add a small amount of water or broth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
- Serve on top of warmed or toasted Awesome Bunz and enjoy!
Makes 6 approximately 4-ounce servings.